Kentucky Collector Shares Photos

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Rt 2, Box 336, Gilbertsville, Kentucky 42044.

I’ve been heavy on old engines for about 10 years now and
also wouldn’t miss a single issue of GEM.

My first engine was a 1? HP Model M McDeering that was my
granddad’s. I remember playing around it as a kid and that was
a few years ago.

I would like to show you some photos of some of my collection of
engines. The photo at below shows the big engine, a 6 HP model H
1912 Fairbanks Morse. When I purchased it from a fellow engine
collector it would run!! Barely, that is. It was completely
disassembled and sandblasted. The cylinder was bored and sleeved.
It sports new rings by Joe Sykes, valves and guides reworked.
I’ve done all of the main machine work myself with some help
from a good friend and neighbor, Marvin Doyle.

I built the varnished oak skids and battery box and also did all
priming and painting which is DuPont Centari mixed by another
friend, Jimmy King, who has a body shop. This engine was extremely
rough and required two years of restoration in my spare time. My
next project will be a 4 HP Model H F.M. purchased at Portland,
Indiana in 1990.

Next for the Novo engines: Both engines are 3 HP Model S Novos.
In the picture at above showing both engines, the engine on the
right is a 3 HP throttle governed kerosene burner. This engine was
found in Peru, South America in the 1950’s by a Mr. Marvin
Weil, while he was there on a construction project. It was shipped
to Charleston, Illinois and that is where it was acquired by me in
1985 and completely restored. It was all complete but badly worn.
It runs great now. This engine draws a lot of attention and seems
to be kind of rare. I would like to hear from other throttle
governed Novo owners.

The other Novo Model S is a 3 HP hit & miss, purchased on an
orchard spray rig which I believe was a Hardy. This engine was
bought by a friend’s grandfather and spent its life in Paducah,
Kentucky. It was in sad shape but is completely restored now.

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